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Say the words... In a dark basement, a cold-blooded killer pits friend against friend, torturing one until the other says the horrible words that will end their friend’s suffering. He’s gotten away with murder for years. Until now... Ellie Kline can’t remember most of her kidnapping when she was fifteen, but that night has shaped her life. Instead of cowering, that horrible Say the words... In a dark basement, a cold-blooded killer pits friend against friend, torturing one until the other says the horrible words that will end their friend’s suffering. He’s gotten away with murder for years. Until now... Ellie Kline can’t remember most of her kidnapping when she was fifteen, but that night has shaped her life. Instead of cowering, that horrible night made her strong. Determined to prove herself as a cop despite being heir to the Kline fortune, she never backs down, and she never takes no for an answer. When the daring takedown of a suspect catapults her into the spotlight, it earns her a promotion...and the admiration of a killer. Now a detective assigned to the Cold Case Unit, Ellie is drawn into the mysterious murder of a young, unidentified college-age woman with no missing persons’ report, no leads, and no evidence. Even more shocking is that, while she was tortured extensively, her death was quick. But as Ellie delves deeper, she discovers a startling connection between the woman found dismembered in a park and another Jane Doe case. Is there more? As hazy memories of her own past begin to surface, it’s not only her family and the brass at Charleston PD who are watching her every move. Someone lurks in the shadows, ready to kill if Ellie’s journey into history gets too close to the cold truth.


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Say the words... In a dark basement, a cold-blooded killer pits friend against friend, torturing one until the other says the horrible words that will end their friend’s suffering. He’s gotten away with murder for years. Until now... Ellie Kline can’t remember most of her kidnapping when she was fifteen, but that night has shaped her life. Instead of cowering, that horrible Say the words... In a dark basement, a cold-blooded killer pits friend against friend, torturing one until the other says the horrible words that will end their friend’s suffering. He’s gotten away with murder for years. Until now... Ellie Kline can’t remember most of her kidnapping when she was fifteen, but that night has shaped her life. Instead of cowering, that horrible night made her strong. Determined to prove herself as a cop despite being heir to the Kline fortune, she never backs down, and she never takes no for an answer. When the daring takedown of a suspect catapults her into the spotlight, it earns her a promotion...and the admiration of a killer. Now a detective assigned to the Cold Case Unit, Ellie is drawn into the mysterious murder of a young, unidentified college-age woman with no missing persons’ report, no leads, and no evidence. Even more shocking is that, while she was tortured extensively, her death was quick. But as Ellie delves deeper, she discovers a startling connection between the woman found dismembered in a park and another Jane Doe case. Is there more? As hazy memories of her own past begin to surface, it’s not only her family and the brass at Charleston PD who are watching her every move. Someone lurks in the shadows, ready to kill if Ellie’s journey into history gets too close to the cold truth.

30 review for Cold Truth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diana Lindoff

    Cold Truth by Mary Stone and Donna Berdel is the first book in an amazing new series and a real thriller. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put this book down. I may like this series more than Winter Black. This thriller is very intense and full of suspense. Even the interaction between characters is intense. This is a true nail-biting and page turning story. After being kidnapped and escaping when she was fifteen, Ellie Kline has wanted to be a police officer. She's fought her parents Cold Truth by Mary Stone and Donna Berdel is the first book in an amazing new series and a real thriller. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put this book down. I may like this series more than Winter Black. This thriller is very intense and full of suspense. Even the interaction between characters is intense. This is a true nail-biting and page turning story. After being kidnapped and escaping when she was fifteen, Ellie Kline has wanted to be a police officer. She's fought her parents and the stigma of being a little rich girl, but she's reached her first goal as a Police Officer. Following a death defying capture of a murderer, Officer Kline finds herself in the spotlight and suddenly promoted to Detective Kline. Ellie is estatic to have achieved her ssoecond goal so quickly in her career. Unfortunately, instead of investigating and solving active crimes, she finds herself relegated to the basement with the Cold Case files. Well, her parents should be happy, she's no longer on the crime infested streets. Surprise, her first cold case may well lead her into more danger than most patrol officers will find in a lifetime. The ending is surprising cliffhanger that will have you on pins and needles waiting for the next installment. I'm definitely sitting on those pins 'n needles looking forward to the next installment in the Ellie Kline series. I am an ARC member and this is my honest five+ star review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie

    COLD TRUTH A good book that keeps you guessing. It had a lot of details that seemed to be there just to make the book longer. Only half the mystery is solved in this book. Got to read the next to find out the whole story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Margarita Rose

    Wow what a new series. I received ARC of this book. I gladly leave my review. This book is a roller coaster of emotion. It makes you want to keep reading. Could not put the book down. This is a thrilling mystery. I can't hardly wait to see the next book. This is a heart grabbing and mind blowing read. Wow what a new series. I received ARC of this book. I gladly leave my review. This book is a roller coaster of emotion. It makes you want to keep reading. Could not put the book down. This is a thrilling mystery. I can't hardly wait to see the next book. This is a heart grabbing and mind blowing read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Brown

    Cold Truth Another good book by Mary Stone in a new series. I just don't like that she is now ending them with to be continued. Cold Truth Another good book by Mary Stone in a new series. I just don't like that she is now ending them with to be continued.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diana L. Wells

    Cliff Hanger Don’t read unless you are prepared to invest in the following books in this series; there’s will be not neat little package with a bow for you waiting at the end. I knew there were more books in this series but...this book rambled for chapters. We have rich girl Ellie as a newly promoted detective, with rich boyfriend Nick and previous police partner Jacob. The opening of the book finds her in a foot chase, we live in a world where nothing goes undocumented and the video of her jumpi Cliff Hanger Don’t read unless you are prepared to invest in the following books in this series; there’s will be not neat little package with a bow for you waiting at the end. I knew there were more books in this series but...this book rambled for chapters. We have rich girl Ellie as a newly promoted detective, with rich boyfriend Nick and previous police partner Jacob. The opening of the book finds her in a foot chase, we live in a world where nothing goes undocumented and the video of her jumping off a bridge in pursuit of a criminal goes viral. This notoriety brings her a detective shield and she is assigned cold cases only to find her unsolved case in the evidence room. Through diligence and research she is able to bring closure to 2 families but also discovers there are other cases with the same MO. All while having flashbacks of her own abduction as a teen.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Great crime plot; it kept me interested, and I'm ready for the next one. I'd have given it 4 stars, but there were things that bugged me too much for that. For example, Ellie sure made detective quickly--not even 3 years as a police officer. I did a little research online, but what I found was not linear enough to grasp the procedure. The info seemed to vacillate between detective and new police officer as to requirements. Then there's Ellie herself; she's reckless to the point of endangering he Great crime plot; it kept me interested, and I'm ready for the next one. I'd have given it 4 stars, but there were things that bugged me too much for that. For example, Ellie sure made detective quickly--not even 3 years as a police officer. I did a little research online, but what I found was not linear enough to grasp the procedure. The info seemed to vacillate between detective and new police officer as to requirements. Then there's Ellie herself; she's reckless to the point of endangering herself and other officers. Mavericks are rarely welcomed in police work. She goes past bending regulations into too stupid to live territory. No wonder others didn't want to work with her. Yet I plot was so interesting that I'll try another.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kim Carroll

    I’m truly baffled by the reviews saying this is thrilling. I found it incredibly boring. There is no action.... none! Ellie is reckless and not at all appealing. She’s a little rich girl, with two guys fawning all over her, both of which she has jumping when she snaps her fingers, yet she keeps them both at arm’s length. She was kidnapped at age 15, and escaped, and now she’s a cop. She is assigned cold cases and coincidentally the first case she opens is the one she’s involved in, but doesn’t r I’m truly baffled by the reviews saying this is thrilling. I found it incredibly boring. There is no action.... none! Ellie is reckless and not at all appealing. She’s a little rich girl, with two guys fawning all over her, both of which she has jumping when she snaps her fingers, yet she keeps them both at arm’s length. She was kidnapped at age 15, and escaped, and now she’s a cop. She is assigned cold cases and coincidentally the first case she opens is the one she’s involved in, but doesn’t remember. Nothing is resolved in this book so prepare to read the next 4 or 5 to get to the conclusion. There are too many plot holes and lack of characters to care about for me to read the next one, so I’ll never know how it turns out. Do I care? No!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marion

    Thank you Mary Stone and Donna Berdel for an amazing new series. Once I started the book, I could not put it down. Love Ellie Kline and her determination to become a great detective despite all the odds (kidnapped, heir, woman, family, etc.) against her. The interaction between Ellie and her ex-partner Jacob and Nick her supposedly future husband is fun and can't wait to see what happens in the future. Lots of action, suspense, and twists and turns. Was left with a surprising cliffhanger. Lookin Thank you Mary Stone and Donna Berdel for an amazing new series. Once I started the book, I could not put it down. Love Ellie Kline and her determination to become a great detective despite all the odds (kidnapped, heir, woman, family, etc.) against her. The interaction between Ellie and her ex-partner Jacob and Nick her supposedly future husband is fun and can't wait to see what happens in the future. Lots of action, suspense, and twists and turns. Was left with a surprising cliffhanger. Looking forward to future adventures of Ellie in this new series. I am an ARC member and this is my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Kanocz

    New series by Mary Stone. Definitely not disappointed and looking forward to the next book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brannian

    Cold Truth "Anyone who stood in her way would find out exactly what type of woman she was. A woman who refused to live in fear." - Ellie Kline Eleanor (Ellie) Kline, one of Charleston's elite, had dedicated herself to becoming a police officer, and upholding the law. When Ellie became a detective, and was assigned cold cases, she hadn't a clue what Fate intended. "Patience was my virtue, and the best flowers were well worth the wait." - the killer When Ellie takes on her first cold case, the horrifi Cold Truth "Anyone who stood in her way would find out exactly what type of woman she was. A woman who refused to live in fear." - Ellie Kline Eleanor (Ellie) Kline, one of Charleston's elite, had dedicated herself to becoming a police officer, and upholding the law. When Ellie became a detective, and was assigned cold cases, she hadn't a clue what Fate intended. "Patience was my virtue, and the best flowers were well worth the wait." - the killer When Ellie takes on her first cold case, the horrific crime scene photographs haunt her. When Ellie discovers a link with another cold case, she finds herself drawn in deeper and deeper... As the past reaches out with a whisper soft, deadly touch... Like a seemingly oblivious crocodile, this psychological thriller will explode when least expected!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I'm going to read the next in the series, I can't say why because I don't understand it myself. This book is so-so. The first chapter, I kept wondering if I'd already read this book and somehow not tracked it here on GR because I've read something with the same killer setup. OK, so I determined it was just very similar and I hadn't read the book. The rest is pretty much the same; i.e., very familiar. Girl escapes killer when she's younger? Check. Girl becomes law enforcement? Check. Conflicted rel I'm going to read the next in the series, I can't say why because I don't understand it myself. This book is so-so. The first chapter, I kept wondering if I'd already read this book and somehow not tracked it here on GR because I've read something with the same killer setup. OK, so I determined it was just very similar and I hadn't read the book. The rest is pretty much the same; i.e., very familiar. Girl escapes killer when she's younger? Check. Girl becomes law enforcement? Check. Conflicted relationships with family? Check. On top of that, I find myself unable to connect sufficiently with the characters for this book to be anything more than so-so. I'll give the next one a try to see if anything more original develops.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    An interesting backstory She seems to have it all, but as the book progresses it is clear from her flashbacks and story that everything is not perfect. She was kidnapped as a child, dads health is not great and many don’t think she can do her job. This is a quick moving storyline with more than one case being worked on at a time, though they may be more related then Ellie thinks. There is a dash of romance and perhaps a developing love triangle. The writing is well developed and quite vivid. I hav An interesting backstory She seems to have it all, but as the book progresses it is clear from her flashbacks and story that everything is not perfect. She was kidnapped as a child, dads health is not great and many don’t think she can do her job. This is a quick moving storyline with more than one case being worked on at a time, though they may be more related then Ellie thinks. There is a dash of romance and perhaps a developing love triangle. The writing is well developed and quite vivid. I have plenty of questions and can’t wait to see how they get answered as I read more of this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ava M Bartley

    Wow! This new series is great! I love that Mary Stone's books have strong female leads. This book is very fast paced with lots of twists and turns. There are no boring parts. I was pulled in immediately and I'm still waiting anxiously for the next book. As always with this author the characters were very well developed and believable. The dialogue flowed smoothly and was very realistic. The editing was clean with no spelling errors that I caught. Also there was no profanity or sexual scenes so I Wow! This new series is great! I love that Mary Stone's books have strong female leads. This book is very fast paced with lots of twists and turns. There are no boring parts. I was pulled in immediately and I'm still waiting anxiously for the next book. As always with this author the characters were very well developed and believable. The dialogue flowed smoothly and was very realistic. The editing was clean with no spelling errors that I caught. Also there was no profanity or sexual scenes so I would recommend this book to anyone.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Neena Christianson Martin

    Kill her. The actual phrase is "Die Bitch Die". Those words have haunted Ellie for the last twelve years ever since she escaped from her kidnapper. It also set her on course for becoming a Charleston South Carolina police detective. She's finally realized her dream, to the horror of her rich society family. She goes to work where she's assigned the dreaded cold cases. Here she finds her calling as she is obsessed to find justice for the forgotten. This is a gripping psychological journey into the Kill her. The actual phrase is "Die Bitch Die". Those words have haunted Ellie for the last twelve years ever since she escaped from her kidnapper. It also set her on course for becoming a Charleston South Carolina police detective. She's finally realized her dream, to the horror of her rich society family. She goes to work where she's assigned the dreaded cold cases. Here she finds her calling as she is obsessed to find justice for the forgotten. This is a gripping psychological journey into the mindset of seemingly normal killers. I can't wait for the next book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Regina Dillon

    I absolutely loved this new Mary Stone/Donna Berdel novel and the main character Ellie Kline. The book kept me enthralled and the intricate interactions between the characters kept me interested. I would however have preferred it to be a stand alone novel. I liked the characters enough to want to read about their further exploits. I feel making it a continuing story devaluates the writers confidence in themselves and their readers. The same was done with the Winter Black stories which was also a s I absolutely loved this new Mary Stone/Donna Berdel novel and the main character Ellie Kline. The book kept me enthralled and the intricate interactions between the characters kept me interested. I would however have preferred it to be a stand alone novel. I liked the characters enough to want to read about their further exploits. I feel making it a continuing story devaluates the writers confidence in themselves and their readers. The same was done with the Winter Black stories which was also a shame. I say, be confident and your readers will return!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This book was so aggressively hyped I think I expected too much. It was an interesting read - with a few editing issues. It was far from “unputdownable” or “unforgettable.” There needs to be a disclaimer telling the reader that there is no resolution. The book is actually not an entire book; it is one episode of a series and ends with a cliffhanger. That always makes me feel cheated. I don’t intend to continue buying and reading installments of one story. I really like the main character and thi This book was so aggressively hyped I think I expected too much. It was an interesting read - with a few editing issues. It was far from “unputdownable” or “unforgettable.” There needs to be a disclaimer telling the reader that there is no resolution. The book is actually not an entire book; it is one episode of a series and ends with a cliffhanger. That always makes me feel cheated. I don’t intend to continue buying and reading installments of one story. I really like the main character and this author’s facility with language; but I hate being duped.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ci

    A really good start to a new series and my first adventure with Mary Stone. While I am a fan of a series, I'm not a fan when you have to read them all and in order. I prefer them to be stand alone within the series. I like Ellie most of the time, but I hope there comes a time when she steps back and realizes it can't always be about her. I love Jacob, but find Nick very boring. Mama is a bit much, but I still hold out hope for her. There are plenty of cold cases to solve and I'm going along for t A really good start to a new series and my first adventure with Mary Stone. While I am a fan of a series, I'm not a fan when you have to read them all and in order. I prefer them to be stand alone within the series. I like Ellie most of the time, but I hope there comes a time when she steps back and realizes it can't always be about her. I love Jacob, but find Nick very boring. Mama is a bit much, but I still hold out hope for her. There are plenty of cold cases to solve and I'm going along for the ride! #Ellie #Jacob #ColdCases #Doctor #Pairs

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gray

    CHARLESTON BEST The story is slow, bumpy and confusing. The characters are not well developed needs a real revision. Elle is the main but it shows that more than one author write the story. A spirited character that doesn't had an appealing side. A in & out of minor character and not one is attention grabber. It start with a light bang, goes down, a little action and bum, to finish it doesn't even end, you need to buy another book, really...not interested CHARLESTON BEST The story is slow, bumpy and confusing. The characters are not well developed needs a real revision. Elle is the main but it shows that more than one author write the story. A spirited character that doesn't had an appealing side. A in & out of minor character and not one is attention grabber. It start with a light bang, goes down, a little action and bum, to finish it doesn't even end, you need to buy another book, really...not interested

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Treddle

    Wow,Another Great Series This is one you want to read fast.Take your time and read slowly.Ellie is a mystery,a good cop who goes on her instincts with so far good results.Moved to cold case files,she may come closer than she thinks to solving her own case of being kidnapped, after solving a missing case file and finding one or two suspects.Now just has to find the leader.No spoilers alert but I have my suspicions.Enjoy .Can't wait for # 2. Wow,Another Great Series This is one you want to read fast.Take your time and read slowly.Ellie is a mystery,a good cop who goes on her instincts with so far good results.Moved to cold case files,she may come closer than she thinks to solving her own case of being kidnapped, after solving a missing case file and finding one or two suspects.Now just has to find the leader.No spoilers alert but I have my suspicions.Enjoy .Can't wait for # 2.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbara J. Gore

    Good story I think this was a good first read for this series. Characters were introduced, background for story was developed. Ellie has been assigned to the cold cases. While putting pieces together, she is able to identify some victims and bring closure to some families. In the process, she discovers that her own story has not been solved. Her family dynamics are revealed and working relationships are evolving. Good overall story

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Bowers

    Outstanding Griping read from start to finish! These two ladies know how write! I now have two new favorite authors. Ellie is a strong caring character who gets the case solved her way! Jacob & Jillian are great at helping her figure things out, Nick and her family are enriching characters who help you understand what makes Ellie tick! A must read, in my opinion, for those that like riviting crime solving reading! Can't wait to read book two. Outstanding Griping read from start to finish! These two ladies know how write! I now have two new favorite authors. Ellie is a strong caring character who gets the case solved her way! Jacob & Jillian are great at helping her figure things out, Nick and her family are enriching characters who help you understand what makes Ellie tick! A must read, in my opinion, for those that like riviting crime solving reading! Can't wait to read book two.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Good start I enjoyed this bookworm the point I could not put it down!although I felt overwhelmed with frustration along with he at times, I knew Ellie was going to keep digging for her truth. I did not expect her to find the actual killer in this book, I am hopeful she will in the next couple books in the series. Not sure about the love interests, I am more a fan of Jacob than Nick, not sure why. Here’s hoping to get on to the next book

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Aidan

    It was a page-turner, a murder mystery with a horror-serial killer twist. The premise itself is interesting: a killer kidnaps two women and tortures one until the other screams for her to die, then kills the survivor. But the characters are ALL cardboard thin. Every one is a stereotype. Even the city of Charleston, S.C. is reduced to little more than a suggestive southern locale. A missed opportunity.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anjennette Portier

    Hated the female lead. I hated the female lead in this book. She has no redeeming qualities as she does anything she wants to get her way. She is a spoiled rich girl that only cares about what she wants. She doesn't care who she hurts while getting her own way including the people in her life who love her and the man she loves. I really hated the female within the first chapter of the book. I found it difficult to continue reading this book. Gag. Hated the female lead. I hated the female lead in this book. She has no redeeming qualities as she does anything she wants to get her way. She is a spoiled rich girl that only cares about what she wants. She doesn't care who she hurts while getting her own way including the people in her life who love her and the man she loves. I really hated the female within the first chapter of the book. I found it difficult to continue reading this book. Gag.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Darla C. James

    I'LL TRY ONE MORE IN SERIES...... I think I would best describe my reaction to this book as ambivalent with a splash of "intrigued" . Maybe I missed that this isn't a stand-alone and so the to be continued ending was an unpleasant surprise. The writing was good but main characters were a bit underdeveloped and plot was a bit disjointed. I really felt it was a 3.5 but...... Like I said, I'll at least start the second one to see if it clicks better for me. I'LL TRY ONE MORE IN SERIES...... I think I would best describe my reaction to this book as ambivalent with a splash of "intrigued" . Maybe I missed that this isn't a stand-alone and so the to be continued ending was an unpleasant surprise. The writing was good but main characters were a bit underdeveloped and plot was a bit disjointed. I really felt it was a 3.5 but...... Like I said, I'll at least start the second one to see if it clicks better for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    bonnie kirchner

    Cold Truth This is one very exciting book. It is full of thrills and mystery. The only bad thing about this book is you are left hanging at the end. Now you have to wait for the second book to come out which it doesn't tell you when that will be. Usually by then I forget what the story was about. I will recommend this book because it is exciting. Cold Truth This is one very exciting book. It is full of thrills and mystery. The only bad thing about this book is you are left hanging at the end. Now you have to wait for the second book to come out which it doesn't tell you when that will be. Usually by then I forget what the story was about. I will recommend this book because it is exciting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Juanita Hunt

    Cold Truth is another winner for Mary Stone. If you’ve read the Winter Black series you’re going to love this new series. Ellie Cline is a policewoman who because of her heroics has just been made a detective and been assigned to Cold cases. I’ll let you read the rest of the story. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll be anxious for the next book in the series

  28. 4 out of 5

    Opal Sibley

    Outstanding mystery I must admit, the first time I started reading this book I quit because I couldn’t get past the gory details. Then I read Cold Start and knew that I had to read Cold Truth. The book is written with such details and strong characters that I couldn’t stop reading. This is a great series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Polly J. Van Benthusen

    What a scary story! Amazing plot that will have the hair on the back of your neck standing up. What kind of evil lives in the mind of a madman? Ellie Kline is driven to find that out. It's like being at a scary movie. You can't turn away and you just keep reading to find out what will happen next. Great story! What a scary story! Amazing plot that will have the hair on the back of your neck standing up. What kind of evil lives in the mind of a madman? Ellie Kline is driven to find that out. It's like being at a scary movie. You can't turn away and you just keep reading to find out what will happen next. Great story!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alice Leeman

    I cannot find a female writer who uses the gruesome, realistic words required in a crime novel. This is too flowery just like all the rest. I put it down after 1 paragraph. Sorry. d the gruesome I would recommend to ladies who like genteel books. I am more a Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, etc.fan. Patricia Cornwell is an exception.

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